\ ˈsēt How to pronounce seat (audio) \

Definition of seat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a special chair of one in eminence also : the status represented by it
b : a chair, stool, or bench intended to be sat in or on
c : the particular part of something on which one rests in sitting the seat of a chair trouser seat
2a : a seating accommodation a seat for the game a 200-seat restaurant
b : a right of sitting lost his seat in Congress
c : membership on an exchange
3a : a place where something specified is prevalent : center a seat of learning
b : a place from which authority is exercised the county seat
c : a bodily part in which some function or condition is centered the brain as the seat of the mind
4 : posture in or way of sitting on horseback
5a : a part at or forming the base of something
b : a part (such as a socket) or surface on or in which another part or surface rests
by the seat of one's pants
: using experience and intuition rather than mechanical aids or formal theory


seated; seating; seats

Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to install in a seat of dignity or office
b(1) : to cause to sit or assist in finding a seat
(2) : to provide seats for a theater seating 1000 persons
c : to put in a sitting position
2 : to repair the seat of or provide a new seat for
3 : to fit to or with a seat seat a valve

intransitive verb

1 archaic : to take one's seat or place
2 : to fit correctly on a seat

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Synonyms for seat

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of seat in a Sentence

Noun There were seats for six people at the table. a car with leather seats He used the box as a seat. He couldn't find his seat in the concert hall. The city recently built a new 1,000-seat theater. She booked a seat on the next flight to Rome. The stool's seat is broken. The chairs have woven seats. The Democrats gained two more seats in the last election. She won a Senate seat. Verb I could seat you here if you wish. The plans call for a stadium seating 30,000 people.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Khammoung grabs an empty bucket labeled machine grease, flips it over, and offers me a seat. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 Rest up my baby and keep watching over us, save me a seat. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Cassius Winston shares emotional message about brother's death on Instagram," 11 Nov. 2019 Each week, the back-to-back episodes of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. leave fans on the edges of their seats. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Chicago P.D.' Dropped a Major Pregnancy Bombshell and Fans Are Losing It," 9 Nov. 2019 The same companies that offer seats on zero-gravity human flights rent their rockets for science and take reservations from university researchers. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Hey, Let's Burn Some Metal in Zero Gravity," 8 Nov. 2019 After an early lead by Natalie Blasingame, Cy-Fair ISD trustee candidate Gilbert Sarabia pulled ahead in the race for position 3 and has won a seat on the school board. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Sarabia wins seat on Cy-Fair ISD school board," 6 Nov. 2019 Visitors can come in, take a seat in a comfortable chair or on the floor. Charlotte Lockhart,, "Zen Zone: Love at first sit | Opinion," 1 Nov. 2019 President Trump won 92 of Tennessee’s 95 counties in the 2016 election, making this state a seemingly daunting target for Democrats hoping to flip a seat in the Senate. Ken Pomponio, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NFL Best Bets: Three underdog locks for Week 9," 31 Oct. 2019 Tickets for the Pikeville shows are still available, so visit to snag a seat. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Tyler Childers is returning to Kentucky with Sturgill Simpson in 2020. Here's how to watch," 29 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What’s more, Lambert and her husband, Brendan McLoughlin — seated one section over on the front row — later returned the gesture in kind. Nancy Kruh,, "A Blake Shelton-Miranda Lambert 'Bygones' Moment? What You Didn't See on TV at the 2019 CMAs," 14 Nov. 2019 Lakewood Church, which has a congregation of close to 70,000, seats 16,000. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Here's how to see Kanye West at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston," 14 Nov. 2019 Presidential and parliamentary elections this year swept out much of Ukraine’s previous governing elite and seated a 41-year-old President Zelenskyy, a cabinet with an average age of 39, and a parliament with an average age of 41. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Read George Kent and William Taylor's Full Opening Statements at the First Public Hearing in Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry," 13 Nov. 2019 Prosecutors disagreed, saying a fair and impartial jury could be seated locally. Washington Post, "Officer charged in fatal shooting seeks different jury pool," 13 Nov. 2019 Among them is the beer that launches the experience, the fruity and effervescent Pressed Asian Pear Saison, which is presented in a Champagne glass when guests are seated. Josh Noel,, "A $155 meal at a brewery? Moody Tongue aims to redefine pairing of beer and food as Chicago restaurants open Tuesday," 12 Nov. 2019 Vote totals were 3,444 in favor versus 1,032 against The 2023 election finds the ward seats all running for a two-year term, while the city council president and council-at-large representative serve a four-year term. John Benson, cleveland, "Fairview Park voters approve all charter amendments, including elimination of referendum zoning," 11 Nov. 2019 Had Hillary Clinton won, seated Merrick Garland on the Court, and then replaced Anthony Kennedy with a liberal Justice, Kagan might have effectively become a shadow Chief Justice. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Is the Supreme Court’s Fate in Elena Kagan’s Hands?," 11 Nov. 2019 This could be due to the more family feel of a typical Women's Super League crowd, and because of the rivalries being not quite as fierce and deep seated., "Seven Female Footballers Who Risked Fan Anger by Moving to Rival Clubs," 2 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of seat


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for seat


Middle English sete, from Old Norse sæti; akin to Old English gesete seat, sittan to sit

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The first known use of seat was in the 13th century

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Financial Definition of seat

What It Is

A seat is a license to trade on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, either as an agent for someone else or for his or her own personal accounts (in which case, the person is called a floor trader).

How It Works

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE, also known as the Big Board) is the first and most popular stock exchange in the world. It was created in 1792 when two dozen stockbrokers and merchants signed the Buttonwood Agreement. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and derivatives all trade on the NYSE.

The NYSE is an auction market where brokers and specialists buy and sell securities for people by matching the highest bidding price with the lowest selling price. When an investor wishes to buy or sell a security listed on the NYSE, he or she "places a trade" or an "order" by calling her broker or going to her online trading account. In either case, the order goes to a broker, who can get the order to the exchange several ways -- through a regional exchange, electronic communications network or directly to the NYSE. No matter how, the order eventually reaches the floor of the NYSE where floor brokers and specialists handle transactions.

Floor brokers execute buy and sell orders on behalf of their clients or the firms they work for. If you wanted to sell some shares of Company XYZ, for example, you might call your broker down the street and place a sell order. Your broker might in turn route the order to one of his firm's floor brokers who are actually on the floor of the exchange. The floor broker approaches the Company XYZ specialist (see below) and executes the trade. Some floor brokers are independent, meaning that they are not employed by any brokerage firm, but provide services to brokerage firms (that is, they work for themselves). In either case, floor brokers are the people doing most of the shouting on the trading floor.

Being a floor broker requires owning a seat on the NYSE.

Why It Matters

Seat holders help ensure an orderly market, which is one of the pillars of a stable financial system. For many, a seat on the NYSE is a symbol of all that is Wall Street. It is the place where fortunes are made and lost, and where the free market can be seen in its most tangible form. The NYSE manages the transfer of trading seats and determines which companies qualify for listing on the exchange. It also investigates and prosecutes violations of NYSE and federal securities regulations and can censure, fine, suspend, expel or bar members.

Although the NYSE expends considerable effort monitoring seat holders, they are also subject to a considerable amount of regulation from several federal agencies, such as the Federal Reserve, and from a host of laws, such as the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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How to pronounce seat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of seat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something (such as a chair) that you sit on : a place for sitting
: the part of a chair or other piece of furniture that a person sits on
: the part of a piece of clothing (such as a skirt or pair of pants) that you sit on



English Language Learners Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give (a person) a place to sit
: to have enough seats for (a certain number of people)


\ ˈsēt How to pronounce seat (audio) \

Kids Definition of seat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something (as a chair) used to sit in or on
2 : the part of something on which a person sits a chair seat There's a tear on the seat of my pants.
3 : the place on or at which a person sits Take your seat.
4 : a place that serves as a capital or center a seat of government

Other Words from seat

seated \ ˈsēt-​əd \ adjective


seated; seating

Kids Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to place in or on a seat Ushers seated the guests.
2 : to have enough places to sit for The hall seats 500 people.

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\ ˈsēt How to pronounce seat (audio) \

Medical Definition of seat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a part or surface especially in dentistry on or in which another part or surface rests — see rest seat

Medical Definition of seat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide with or position on a dental seat

intransitive verb

: to fit correctly on a dental seat

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